Craft beer isn’t all black & white

But in this instance what I'd brought from Vancouver Island to the Cariboo was. 4 Mile Brewing Co of Victoria, B.C. offered up this unusual pair of IPAs that I decided simply had to come to my Cariboo retreat. The black IPA poured and drank quite stout-like. But with more bountiful hops. It formed a... Continue Reading →

My choice of Brut for NYE

I found this beauty at the Shady Rest Liquor Store in Qualicum Beach. I've been cautiously trying Brut IPAs with moderate success - about 50% good and 50% blah. Phillips Brewing is a pretty solid BC craft brewer, so I felt that I could take a gamble on this one. And boy am I glad... Continue Reading →

Boombox & my pale ale fixation

While you might not want to judge the proverbial book by it's cover, I always judge a brewery by it's pale ale. And that's not just because it's a relatively simple beer to make, but rather because it's my absolute favourite style. So I can judge. And I do. Thankfully 2018 is turning out to... Continue Reading →

Slaying the Thirsty Dragon

I literally judge every brewery by their pale ale, so mess this up (regardless of the style of pale ale) and I'm totally going to forget about you. Although if your brewery happened to feature in my BC craft beer mini-doc Brew Love (a Telus Storyhive grant project), then I'm not likely to every forget... Continue Reading →

Fan Tan – a low ABV Winter warmer

To make a horrible generalization about Victoria-area beer from a Lower Mainlander's perspective, I find I'm often seeing the same offerings annually (or at least that's all the local shops are ordering and stocking near me). I've always enjoyed Fat Tug, or Blue Buck, going back years. But now that we've surely hit PEAK CRAFT... Continue Reading →

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